3rd Christmas at Red Cross Hospital

Not far from EC there’s a Red Cross is children’s hospital. Most patients ( approx. 250 ) are under–privileged or come from very humble back rounds. “Friends of the Red Cross” was founded a few years back with the aim of bringing a little comfort and joy to the lives of these children, some with very serious and life-threatening illnesses, over the festive season. Since then companies and private people have generously contributed in the form of teddies, toys, books, educational games, toiletries (especially for babies) baby wares, clothes and more. This year EC staff took part and collected as many gifts as possible. Some teachers even bought wrapping paper. All the gifts that EC Cape Town collected were wrapped in cheerful Christmas wrap and then they were handed over to Maureen Di Gia who is the main organizer. Along with her team, she went to the Red Cross on the 15th December with heaps of gifts and treats and personally gave each child their very own Christmas present. Those little faces speak a thousand words!!!

The highest definition picture ever taken of Cape Town

See Cape Town minute detail.  Take a look at the highest definition picture ever taken of our wonderful city.  This  picture is clearer and sharper than any picture of you’ve seen before.  It’s almost too good to believe! Check it out: http://virtualafrica.co.za/virtual-tours-of-south-africa/highest-definition-picture-ever-taken-of-cape-town-how-we-did-it/ Tip: Click on the full screen button (bottom right) and then zoom in.

EC Student Becomes a Cape Tour Guide

Congratulations to Michiyo Yamamoto who has achieved her dream of becoming a tour guide in South Africa. Michiyo, from Japan, learned English with EC Cape Town for six months before taking one month to do a tour guide course. She passed the course with flying colours and will now be able to take Japanese tourists round areas of the Western Cape.  She loves Cape Town and doesn’t want to go home! Congratulations once again, Michiyo

Head for Long Street 4 December for an Awesome Street Party

Fans all over the world are holding their breath in anticipation for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ Final Draw taking place on December 4, 2009 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). Long Street, Cape Town’s renowned party street, will be ablaze with excitement and promises to offer a party of note. Anyone is free to join in and enjoy the vibe. Long Street will have a big screen broadcasting a live cross-over feed from the CTICC, a host of entertainment, food galore and an atmosphere that would be hard to rival anywhere in the world. Long Street’s Festival Line-up: 12:00 – 13:20 Cultural Performers 13:30 Alistair Izobell & Band 13:55 Alistair Izobell sings Welcome to Cape Town, joined by Zakumi to welcome FIFA representatives to launch the Fan Fest project. 14:00 Fan Fest launch (with on-stage photo opportunities) 14:20 – 16:15 Cultural performers (4 acts perform for approximately 20 minutes each ) 16:20 Fancy Galada 16:45 TBC 17:00 Flat Stanley 17:35 TKZee 18:15 K’Naan 19:00 Live draw broadcast 20:45 “Africa Unite” Segment (song produced by Cedric Samson) 20:55 FreshlyGround 21:50 Cassette 22:45 Jimmy Dludlu +/- 24:00 Wind down to END Cultural performances will include puppets, stilt-walkers and fire-dancers. There will be a hospitality area created for the media. The whereabouts are not yet known. Please note that the line-up is subject to change